A Guide to Texas’s Best Botanical Gardens

A Guide to Texas’s Best Botanical Gardens

Cypress Tupelo Swamp at Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature CenterIn 1833, a rebellious German college professor boarded a ship to North America. Ferdinand Lindheimer, who would eventually become known as the father of Texas botany, fled to the United States when his reformist political beliefs put him at odds with his family and the German government. Ever the political agitator, he eventually made his way to the battlefield at San Jacinto, where he enlisted in the Texas Army. Though Lindheimer was a little late to the Texas Revolution—according to several accounts, he joined the day after Santa Anna’s surrender—his real contribution to the state’s history would come from his dedication to the native plants and animals he found here.In the years following the war, Lindheimer began to make excursions out into the relative wilderness…View Original Post

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